Travel Route: Rio to Salvador round trip (3-6 weeks)
Start in Rio de Janeiro for like 3 to 4 days of culture, beach, food and party, Rio is an amazing awesome place. We think the best place to stay is Copacobana as it is lively and in the middle of the city. The fantastic beach and clubs of Ipanema are closeby as well as the more traditional parts of the city such as Lapa and the city center.
Then, Travel north in the direction of Salvador da Bahia, Brazils coolest Afro-Brazilian city and home of the biggest and most spectacular carnival in the world.
Great places to stop by are the fancy beach town Buzios, tranquil Arraial d Ajuda, charming port city Porto Seguro and Itacare where you can find some great surf. The coast is full of charming and amazing places which will try to seduce you to stay your entire trip. If you decide to make these stops, this will take a week at least.
Salvador da Bahia is the heart of Brazil s African heritage. While here look out for the many drum corps and capoeira artists which are seen throughout the city. The city is home to some of Brazils most famous artists such as Olodum, Daniela Mercury, Timbalada, Margareth Menezes, and Ivete sangalo. If possible try to catch a performance of one of these magnificent artists. When in Salvador take some time to explore Pelourinho, the historical part of the city which is full of Portuguese colonial architecture.
Take about 2 or 3 days to discover the beauty of this city.
From Salvador travel to Lencois, which is approximately 6 hours by bus to start your adventure to Parque Nacional Da Chapada Diamantina, an amazing national park filled with ancient table top mountains covered by lush forests, waterfalls, and excellent hiking trails. Here you can do a great variety of hikes and treks, varying from 1 day to more than one week. 3 to 5 days should give you a good view of the park. The park is enormous and it is easy to get lost so take a guide, or at least make sure you do not go alone.
Since you will be quite tired after this incredible visit to Chapada Da Diamantina return to Salvador and move straight on to paradaisical Morro de Sao Paolo, a magnificent island with no roads only 2 hours away from Salvador. Take about 3 or 4 days to really come to your senses before returning to Salvador to take your flight or bus back to Rio de Janeiro.
As a final note, when you are in Brazil should try Açai na tigela, a delicious frozen fruit snack from the Amazon. Brazilians also love to drink juice (Suco) made from fruits from the Amazon. Delicious fruits are Copuacu, Maracuja, Melancia, Goiaba, Guanabana, Acerola.
Brazil is amazing!